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Saturday, February 22, 2014 Permalink

The Diaghilev Connection II

Sergei Diaghilev in a portrait by Valentin Serov, 1904


He had gained fame by commissioning Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe and Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Petrouchka, and The Rite of Spring. And by the outbreak of World War I, Sergei Diaghilev’s talent for cultivating and nurturing great artists in music, visual art and dance had made him the undisputed center of the ballet world.

But the war saw his Ballets Russes scattered to the four corners of the globe, while infighting and professional rivalries began taking their toll, as well.

In the next hour, how Diaghilev emerged triumphant to inspire and commission a decade of important music from de Falla, Satie, Respighi, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev— and two more from Stravinsky.



CD Title


Catalog #


Stravinsky: Pulcinella

Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, tenor John Fryatt, Simon Rattle (cond.)

EMI Classics CDM 7 69204 2


Manuel de Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Sony MYK 44721



Homage to Satie

Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel

Vanguard 1612


Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne; Respighi La Boutique Fantastique

Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler

RCA 09026-61847-2


Stravinsky Ballets  (for Les Noces)

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Decca 4678182



Ballets Russes Vol. 9 (for Le Train Bleu & La Chatte)

German Radio Philharmonic, Robert Reimer

Hanssler Classics 93.296


Poulenc - Animaux modeles - Les Biches

Odense Symphony Orchestra, Jan Wagner

Classico CLASSCD 239


Prokofiev Ballets (for The Prodigal Son & Chout)

USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Melodiya 1000909




Stravinsky: Firebird, Petrushka • Suites Nos. 1 And 2

BRT Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels, Alexander Rahbari

Naxos ‎8.550263